Munawar Faruqui in trouble as Madhya Pradesh HC rejects his bail plea
MUMBAI: Madhya Pradesh High Court has dismissed the bail plea of comedian Munawar Faruqui in the case of objectionable comments about Hindu deities. Earlier on Monday, the High Court reserved its decision after hearing the matter.
No relaxation to Munawar:
Faruqui was remanded to judicial custody following his arrest on January 1 on the complaint of Eklavya Singh Gaur, son of BJP's local MLA Malini Laxman Singh Gaur. Justice Rohit Arya of the Indore bench of the High Court reserved the verdict on Farooqui's bail plea after hearing the arguments of all the concerned parties for nearly 30 minutes through video conference.
Senior advocate and Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha, appearing on behalf of Faruqui, had raised questions. Questions about filing an FIR against him under Section 295-A of the Indian Penal Code. According to reports, his client did not say any word at a cafe event in Indore on January 1. That hurt a person's religious sentiments and the complainant stopped the program as soon as he reached the stage.
Significantly, the bail applications of Faruqui were dismissed after hearing. Chief Judicial Magistrate of the district court and a Sessions Judge heard the arguments of both the parties. The comedian then moved the High Court for release on bail. According to police officials, Eklavya Singh Gaur, son of the local BJP MLA, had filed a case on January 1 at the Tukoganj police station against Faruqui and four others involved in organizing the comedy program.